One of America's finest poets joins forces with one of baseball's most outrageous pitchers to paint a revealing portrait of our national game. Donald Hall's forceful, yet elegant, prose brings together all the elements of Dock Ellis's story into a seamless whole. The two of them, the pitcher and the poet, give us remarkable insight into the customs and culture of this closed clannish world. Dock's keen vision, filtered through Hall's extraordinary voice, shows us the hardships and problems of the thinking athlete in an unthinking world.
Donald Hall is the author of nine collections of poetry, the Caldecott Award-winning children’s book The Ox-Cart Man, and a collection of essays on sports, Fathers Playing Catch with Sons. He lives in Danbury, New Hampshire.